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Logitech MX Master Mouse Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed May 13, 2021 at 10:34 am
Logitech MX Master Picture
9.0
Office/Multimedia
6.4
Video Games (FPS)
7.0
Video Games (MMO)
4.3
Ultra-Light Gaming
7.2
Travel
This mouse was replaced by the Logitech MX Master 2S
Connectivity Wireless
Type
Standard

The Logitech MX Master is an outstanding office mouse. It feels very well-built and has an ergonomic right-handed shape. It connects wirelessly with its USB receiver or via Bluetooth, and you can pair it wirelessly with up to three devices. It has a gesture button on the thumb rest and a secondary scroll wheel on the left side. Unfortunately, this mouse is quite tall and bulky, so those with small hands likely can't use it comfortably using any grip type. However, it's well-suited to larger hands using a palm or claw grip. It also has a very narrow CPI range, a very low maximum polling rate that can't be changed, and only adequate click latency that may not feel very responsive for gaming, although it shouldn't pose any problems for everyday tasks.

Our Verdict

9.0 Office/Multimedia

The Logitech MX Master is remarkable for office use. It feels very well-built and has an ergonomic right-handed shape that's well-suited for palm or claw grip. However, those with small hands likely can't use the mouse using any grip type as it's tall and bulky. It connects wirelessly with a USB receiver or via Bluetooth, and there are plenty of buttons you can program using the companion software compatible with Windows and macOS. It also has a primary scroll wheel that unlocks automatically or manually for free scrolling and a secondary, side-mounted thumb wheel for horizontal scrolling.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Ergonomic, right-handed shape.
  • Thumb wheel for horizontal scrolling.
  • Software for customization compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Only suitable for those with larger hands.
6.4 Video Games (FPS)

The Logitech MX Master is mediocre for FPS gaming. It's heavy, most gamers are unlikely to find the click latency responsive enough, and it has a very low polling rate. On the bright side, it feels very well-built and has a comfortable ergonomic shape that's well-suited for palm or claw grip. However, it's only suitable for those with larger hands.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Ergonomic, right-handed shape.
  • Software for customization compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Click latency is only okay; may not feel very responsive for gaming.
  • Only suitable for those with larger hands.
  • Low polling rate; no polling rate options.
7.0 Video Games (MMO)

The Logitech MX Master is decent for MMO gaming, but it doesn't have as many buttons as dedicated MMO mice. It has a very low polling rate, and the click latency is only adequate. That said, it feels very well-built and has an ergonomic shape that's well suited for palm and claw grip, and it should be comfortable even for long gaming sessions. However, it's only suitable for larger hands.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Ergonomic, right-handed shape.
  • Software for customization compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Click latency is only okay; may not feel very responsive for gaming.
  • Only suitable for those with larger hands.
  • Low polling rate; no polling rate options.
4.3 Ultra-Light Gaming

The Logitech MX Master is bad for ultra-light gaming as it's heavy. It also has a very low polling rate and a click latency that likely won't feel responsive enough for most gamers.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Ergonomic, right-handed shape.
Cons
  • Heavy.
  • Click latency is only okay; may not feel very responsive for gaming.
  • Only suitable for those with larger hands.
  • Low polling rate; no polling rate options.
7.2 Travel

The Logitech MX Master mouse is decent for travel use, but it's quite tall and bulky and may not fit into most laptop cases. That said, you can connect it wirelessly using its USB receiver or Bluetooth, it feels very well-built, and it has a comfortable ergonomic shape with a thumb rest. It has companion software compatible with Windows and macOS, though it lacks onboard memory.

Pros
  • Feels well-built.
  • Ergonomic, right-handed shape.
  • Software for customization compatible with Windows and macOS.
Cons
  • Bulky design may not fit into most laptop cases.
  • Wired-only.
  • Only suitable for those with larger hands.
  • 9.0 Office/Multimedia
  • 6.4 Video Games (FPS)
  • 7.0 Video Games (MMO)
  • 4.3 Ultra-Light Gaming
  • 7.2 Travel
  1. Updated May 13, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated May 03, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Lighting Color No Lighting
Design
Shape
Length 5.0" (126 mm)
Height 1.9" (49 mm)
Width 3.4" (86 mm)
Grip Width
61 mm
5.1
Design
Portability
Volume
32.40 inยณ (531 cmยณ)
Cable/Receiver Storing
No
Design
Weight
Maximum Weight With Wire
179 g
Maximum Weight Without Wire
148 g
Minimum Weight Without Wire
148 g
Weight Distribution
Centered
Extra Weights
No
9.0
Design
Build Quality
9.0
Design
Comfort Of Use
Right-handed
Yes
Left-handed
No
Ambidextrous
No
Coating
Matte
Finger Rest
Thumb

If you're interested in an office mouse with a similar shape and comfort level but with a trackball, check out the Logitech ERGO M575.

Design
Palm Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Claw Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
Yes
Large Hand
Yes
X.Large Hand
Yes
Design
Fingertip Grip: Hand Size Recommendation
Small Hand
No
Medium Hand
No
Large Hand
No
X.Large Hand
Yes
9.8
Design
Wireless Versatility
Bluetooth
Yes
Receiver
Yes
Battery Type
Rechargeable
Use When Charging
Yes
On/Off Activation
Auto Off And On/Off Switch
Receiver Extender
No
Battery Indicator Yes
6.0
Design
Cable
Cable Length 4.1 ft (1.3 m)
Cable Type
Rubber
Permanent Kink
Yes
Port Type: Mouse End
Micro USB
Port Type: PC End
USB
8.0
Design
Mouse Feet
Gliding Experience
Good
Material
PTFE
Extra Included
No
Design
In The Box

  • Logitech MX Master wireless mouse
  • Micro USB cable
  • USB receiver
  • Manuals

Control
Control
Sensor Specifications
Sensor Technology
Laser
Sensor Model
Darkfield
Works On Glass
Yes
Minimum CPI (DPI)
400 CPI
Maximum CPI (DPI)
1,600 CPI
CPI (DPI) Adjustment Steps
200 CPI
CPI (DPI) Variation
3%
Minimum Lift Off Distance
2.4 mm
Maximum Polling Rate
125 Hz
7.0
Control
Buttons
Buttons Activation
Mechanical
Total Number Of Buttons
8
Number Of Side Buttons
3
Number Of Programmable Inputs
6
Profile Switching Button
No
CPI (DPI) Switching Button
Yes
Gesture Support
Yes

This mouse has a customizable button in the thumb rest that allows you to program different gesture-based commands.

Control
Mouse Wheel
Scroll Wheel
Notched Wheel + Free Wheel
Scroll Wheel Steps
24 Steps
Scroll Wheel Tilt
No
Thumb Wheel
Free Wheel
Thumb Wheel Steps
No Step

There's a button behind the scroll wheel that toggles free-scrolling on/off, but this also automatically unlocks whenever you scroll very quickly.

Control
Noise
Click Noise
Loud
6.9
Control
Click Latency
Click Latency: Receiver
22 ms
Click Latency: Bluetooth
28 ms
Click Latency: Wired
N/A
Operating System And Software
8.0
Operating System And Software
Compatible Software Option
Software Name Logitech Options
Software Windows Compatibility
Yes
Software macOS Compatibility
Yes
Account Needed
No
On-Board Memory
No
CPI (DPI) Adjustment
Yes
Polling Rate Adjustment
No
Profile Configuration
Yes
RGB On/Off
No
10
Operating System And Software
Mouse Compatibility
Windows Compatibility Fully
macOS Compatibility Fully

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Logitech MX Master wireless we tested is the meteorite/black version, but it's also available in navy. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Mice

The Logitech MX Master wireless mouse is Logitech's first entry in their Master lineup that now includes two updated versions, the Logitech MX Master 2S and the MX Master 3. These later versions focus on software improvements, longer battery life, and better sensor specifications, though the original remains an exceptional choice for productivity. Still, its bulky shape and size may not be for everyone.

For more options, see our recommendations for the best mouse, the best wired mouse, the best ergonomic mouse, and the best Logitech mouse.

Logitech MX Master 3

The Logitech MX Master and the Logitech MX Master 3 are outstanding office mice belonging to the same lineup. The Master 3 is the second updated version of the original and has more premium-feeling scroll wheels, repositioned side buttons, an improved sensor, and a longer advertised battery life. However, this isn't something we test. It has both a lower minimum CPI, a much higher maximum CPI, and a set CPI that's more adjustable with steps of 50 compared to 200 with the original. Unfortunately, it has an even lower fixed polling rate.

Logitech MX Master 2S

The Logitech MX Master and the Logitech MX Master 2S are remarkable office mice from the same lineup. The Master 2S is an updated version with an improved sensor. It has both a lower minimum CPI, a much higher maximum CPI, and a set CPI that's more adjustable with steps of 50 compared to 200 with the original. Unfortunately, it still has a very low, fixed polling rate of 125Hz. The 2S also claims a much longer battery life, but this isn't something we test.

Logitech G602

The Logitech G602 is a better gaming mouse, while the Logitech MX Master is better for office use. The MX Master connects via its USB receiver or Bluetooth and has a micro USB cable for charging. It also has a scroll wheel that unlocks for free scrolling and has L/R tilt buttons. Comparatively, the G602 only connects via its USB receiver and uses two AA batteries. It also has much better latency, more side buttons, a wider CPI range, and a higher polling rate. Both mice are best-suited for a palm or claw grip for nearly all hand sizes.

Apple Magic Mouse 2

The Logitech MX Master and the Apple Magic Mouse 2 are wireless mice with very different design philosophies. The Logitech is a much larger and heavier office mouse that's only suitable for larger hands. It also has many more programmable buttons and two physical scroll wheels. You can use it wirelessly with its USB receiver or over Bluetooth. On the other hand, the Apple is a passable office mouse, but it's much smaller and lighter, making it a good travel option. It has a gesture scroll wheel, and it's suitable for all hand sizes but only using a fingertip grip. Unfortunately, it only connects via Bluetooth and has no software for customization.

Logitech M720 Triathlon

The Logitech MX Master is a superb high-end office mouse, while the Logitech M720 Triathlon is an excellent mid-range office mouse. The MX Master has a wider CPI range, and you can adjust the set CPI by increments of 200. It also has a secondary scroll wheel on the left side, and It recharges via a micro-USB cable. It's larger and should feel more comfortable for most people, but it's only suitable for larger hands using any grip type. On the other hand, The Triathlon has a fixed CPI, but it's smaller, lighter, and has an additional side button. It's better for travel as it's less bulky and has a storage bay for its USB receiver. It also uses a single AA battery for power and is very well suited to small and medium hand sizes using any grip type. However, those with large or extra-large hands likely can't use a palm or claw grip.

Logitech M570

The Logitech MX Master is an excellent conventional office mouse, while the Logitech M570 is a very good trackball office mouse. The MX Master connects with its USB receiver or Bluetooth. It has a thumb rest with a gesture button, an adjustable CPI, a scroll wheel with L/R tilt buttons that also unlocks for free scrolling, and more recent software compatible with macOS. Comparatively, the M570 only connects wirelessly with its USB receiver, though it has storage space for it when not in use. Both mice are well-suited for nearly all hand sizes using a claw or palm grip.

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